Barrington Tops National Park

Fishing

Fishing is a popular pastime in many of the streams and rivers found throughout the park.

Between the June and October long weekends, fishing is not permitted in the park.

If you're going fishing anywhere in the park, you'll need a fishing licence. Get more details from the NSW Fisheries website.

Fishing spots

Black Swamp campground

This small and secluded camping spot is perfect for adventurous campers who love the opportunity to experience the remote and wild regions. Black Swamp campground, accessed via Aeroplane Hill walking track or Careys Peak walking track, is perched on the edge of a unique sub-alpine wetland, providing habitat for many unique plants and wildlife.

The swamps of the high plateau of Barrington Tops National Park have been declared an endangered ecological community and protect many threatened species including the broad-toothed rat and the glandular frog.

After a day of walking the trails of the high country, cook up a hearty meal, and enjoy a night in the pristine wilderness with the light of the stars and moon above. As you drift off to sleep, you might hear the call of the powerful owl ringing through the snowgums into your dreams.

Activities: camping, birdwatching, astronomy and star gazing, fishing

Location:  shown on Mount Barrington map

Getting there: Black Swamp campground is in the Barrington Tops precinct of Barrington Tops National Park. The campground can only be accessed by foot. To get there:

  • From Gloucester take Thunderbolts Way; this road becomes Scone Road and Barrington Tops Forest Road.
  • Turn left into Barrington trail at Barrington trail picnic area located on the left after passing Devils Hole
  • Follow Barrington trail for approximately 12.5km to Junction Pools campground
  • Barrington trail is only open to vehicles from October 1 – May 31
  • From Junction Pools campground follow Aeroplane Hill walking track for approximately 4km to the campground

Alternatively, if starting from Mount Barrington picnic area:

  • Follow Barrington trail for approximately 15km to Mount Barrington picnic area
  • From Mount Barrington picnic area follow Careys Peak walking track for approximately 10km to the campground

Road access: Unsealed road/trail - 4WD only. Dry weather only.

Facilities: trackhead/access point

Contact: Gloucester, Phone: 02 6538 5300

Gloucester River campground

Wheelchair access: medium
Assistance may be required to access this area. This is a flat and secluded area suitable for wheelchair-based camping. Wheelchair-accessible toilets are available.

This is a picturesque riverside camping and picnic area on the eastern edge of Barrington Tops National Park. With caravan parking and ramped facility access, Gloucester River campground is a great spot for families and groups of all ages who love wide open, natural spaces.

Pick your spot beside the flowing river and set up your campsite among the trees. With shady spots and spacious grassy areas, there’s plenty of room for the kids to run around while you relax. Spend a couple of peaceful days swimming in the river and exploring Sharpes Creek walking track and Gloucester River walking track.

Keep your eye out for wildlife like red-necked pademelons, brush turkeys, and lyrebirds, all often spotted during the day. At night, while sitting around the campfire, you might hear the call of the powerful owl cutting through the frog chorus.

Activities: camping, swimming, fishing, astronomy and star gazing, birdwatching, picnics and barbecues

Location:  shown on Gloucester River map

Getting there: Gloucester River campground is in the Gloucester Tops precinct of Barrington Tops National Park. To get there:

  • From Bucketts Way, between Gloucester and Stroud.
  • Turn into Gloucester Tops Road and continue to Gloucester River campground

Road access: Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles.

Facilities: picnic tables, gas/electric barbecues (free), non-flush toilets, wood barbecues (bring your own firewood), trackhead/access point

Camping fees: $10 per adult per night. $5 per child per night.

Contact: Gloucester, Phone: 02 6538 5300

Gummi Falls campground

If you like to answer the call of the wild with a night in the rugged wilderness, then head for the remote beauty of Gummi campground on the northern boundary of Barrington Tops National Park. Roughly halfway between Scone and Gloucester, you’ll need a 4WD to get to this remote camping spot, high in the sub-alpine region.

Spend your days fishing in the crystal clear Manning River, or explore the high country trails on horseback or mountain bike. Wildlife is plentiful in this unspoilt region, so keep your eyes peeled for kangaroos, wombats, and the rare, elusive long-nosed potaroo.

After an evening meal around the campfire, try a little stargazing or get out the torch to try and catch a glimpse of greater gliders, spotted-tailed quoll, and the rare powerful owl.

Activities: camping, swimming, fishing, astronomy and star gazing, birdwatching, picnics and barbecues

Location:  shown on Polblue, Devils Hole map

Getting there: Gummi Falls campground is in the state conservation area of Barrington Tops National Park. To get there:

  • Access is via Bullock Brush trail off Tubrabucca Road
  • The campground is 80km east of Scone or 80km west of Gloucester

Road access: Unsealed road/trail - 4WD only.

Facilities: non-flush toilets, wood barbecues (bring your own firewood)

Camping fees: $5 per adult per night. $3 per child per night.

Contact: Scone, Phone: 02 6540 2300

Junction Pools campground

Fire/closure alerts currently apply to this location. See details below.

If you yearn to camp under the stars and enjoy a remote wilderness experience, load up the 4WD and head to Junction Pools campground. High in the pristine wilderness of the plateau country within Barrington Tops National Park, between Scone and Gloucester, you’ll experience the unique landscape of sub-alpine wetlands that hark back to the last ice age.

While this remote region houses many unique species, you’re more likely to see eastern grey kangaroos, wombats, and swamp wallabies grazing the grasslands and open forests of the plateau country. Swim the cool, clear mountain streams, try your hand at trout fishing or hike along the Aeroplane Hill walking track. When night settles in, cook up the catch of the day over a campfire and soak up the sounds of the bush.

Activities: camping, swimming, fishing, birdwatching, picnics and barbecues

Location:  shown on Mount Barrington map

Getting there: Junction Pools campground is in the Barrington Tops precinct of Barrington Tops National Park. To get there:

  • From Gloucester take Thunderbolts Way; this road becomes Scone Road and Barrington Tops Forest Road.
  • Turn left into Barrington trail at Barrington trail picnic area located on the left after passing Devils Hole
  • Follow Barrington trail for approximately 12.5km to Junction Pools campground
  • Barrington trail is only open to vehicles from October 1 – May 31

Road access: Unsealed road/trail - 4WD only. Dry weather only.

Facilities: wood barbecues (bring your own firewood), non-flush toilets, carpark, trackhead/access point

Camping fees: : $5 per adult per night. $3 per child per night.

Contact: Gloucester, Phone: 02 6538 5300


Events, activities and alerts at this location
Closure

Barrington Trail (south) to Mount Barrington closed

The Barrington Trail (south) to Mount Barrington is closed to public vehicles beyond the Junction Pools turn off due to trail conditions and recent wet weather. Access is still open to Junction Pools. For further information or updates please call the Barrington Tops Area office on 02 6538 5300.

Commercial activity

Dam It Getaway Accommodation and Tours

Dam It Getaway Tours is a small, privately owned company offering tours into Barrington Tops National Park (including Gloucester Tops). We can run small tours for four people (minimum 2) in our 4WD, or up to 20 people in our bus. A package can be worked out to suit your needs; please contact us for more details.

More info: Dam It Getaway Accommodation & Tours, Phone: 02 6558 4272 (international +612 6558 4272)

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Little Murray campground

When it’s time to head for the hills, why not go all the way to the plateau country of Barrington Tops National Park? This remote campground offers a unique wilderness getaway accessed via 4WD. Although only three hours from Newcastle, you'll be waking here to a dawn chorus of birdsong.

Set up your campsite before exploring the magnificent high country. The swamps of the plateau region have been declared an endangered ecological community as there are numerous rare and unique species that call this area home, such as the broad-toothed rat. However, you’re more likely to see flame robins and Richards pipets among the trees, and grazing red-necked wallabies.

Walk or cycle to spectacular Careys Peak lookout or plan your bushwalk via Link trail – Gloucester Tops to Careys Peak. If your style is more leisurely, try your hand at fishing and cook up your catch over a campfire.

Activities: camping, picnics and barbecues, birdwatching, swimming, fishing, astronomy and star gazing

Location:  shown on Polblue, Devils Hole map

Getting there: Little Murray campground is in the Barrington Tops precinct of Barrington Tops National Park. To get there:

  • From Gloucester take Thunderbolts Way; this road becomes Scone Road and Barrington Tops Forest Road.
  • Turn left into Barrington trail at Barrington trail picnic area located on the left after passing Devils Hole
  • Follow Barrington trail for approximately 5km to Little Murray campground
  • Barrington trail is only open to vehicles from October 1 – May 31

Road access: Unsealed road/trail - 4WD only. Dry weather only.

Facilities: picnic tables, wood barbecues (bring your own firewood), non-flush toilets, carpark, trackhead/access point

Camping fees: $5 per adult per night. $3 per child per night.

Contact: Gloucester, Phone: 02 6538 5300